Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Need for Real Health Care Reform

A post from yesterday — Ivan Illich and Thomas Fleming on Health Care — comes to mind reading this report today that "Americans increasingly are treated to death, spending more time in hospitals in their final days, trying last-ditch treatments that often buy only weeks of time, and racking up bills that have made medical care a leading cause of bankruptcies" — Americans are treated, and overtreated, to death.

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Blogger boinky said...

Expect a slew of articles about overtreatment...it's propaganda.
Ditto for the "bankrupcies".
Americans are not "overtreated to death" because it ignores that many of these people had a chance to live...many are young, or had a treatable illness and then went into "total body failure". (i.e. an elderly person who had a treatable infection but then got a heart attack or stroke or kidney failure during treatment).

And many folks die in hospitals with comfort care because it's hard for families to do the nursing at home. But if you do no "treatment" the bureaucrat's won't pay the bills, so you give IV antibiotics etc. that will justify their hospitalization, even though they don't help a dying patient.

9:24 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Yes, valid points will be abused. I like the traditional insistence on dying at home.

12:26 PM  

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